USCIS Initiates Production of Security-Enhanced Travel Document

November 20, 2019

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, theĀ Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Laura Danielson is an active member.

Passport DrawingIn an effort to prevent the tampering, counterfeiting and fraudulence of secure documents, on October 24, USCIS initiated the production of a new security-enhanced document, which resembles a U.S. passport and has two purposes. The new travel document can be used in lieu of:

  • Form I-327, Permit to Reenter the United States. Lawful permanent residents utilize the Form I-327 in order to return from temporary travel outside the U.S. and, in some instances, can use it instead of a passport; and
  • Form I-571, Refugee Travel Document. Individuals who have refugee or asylum status use the Refugee Travel Document in order to temporarily travel outside of the U.S. and, in some instances can use it instead of a passport.

There are numerous security features included in the new travel document, including:

  • Redesign of the booklet cover
  • Four montages containing three images of recognizable U.S. architecture utilized throughout the booklet
  • Combined use of first-, second- and third-level security features (overt, covert and forensic):
    • Overt: identifiable by visual inspection, such as the central image of the Statue of Liberty
    • Covert: requiring a specialized tool, such as a magnifying glass, to identify fine detail artwork
    • Forensic: requiring laboratory examination in order to identify

Previous editions of the travel document will remain valid until their given expiration date.